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a2 Milk becomes first mainstream dairy brand to ditch plastic bottles

Product will be sold in 100% recyclable FSC-certified paper-based cartons

The first mainstream fresh dairy brand to switch from plastic milk bottles to cartons goes on sale in UK supermarkets on Wednesday, in the latest drive to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

With millions of plastic milk bottles disposed of daily in the UK, a2 Milk is switching to 100% recyclable paper-based cartons that use 80% less plastic than bottles and carry the Forest Stewardship Council label. That means they are made with pulp from FSC-certified forests and/or recycled sources.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 11:01 am

Universities failing to tackle sex harassment by staff, says report

Only one sexual misconduct case out of 16 led to a staff member losing their job

A number of UK universities are failing to tackle sexual predators on their staff as a due to shortcomings in complaints and disciplinary processes, finds a new report.

The small-scale study, by the 1752 Group, a research and lobby organisation which addresses staff sexual misconduct in higher education, accuses some universities of “making it up as they go along”.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 11:01 am

Eating junk food raises risk of depression, says multi-country study

Analysis of 41 studies leads to calls for GPs to give dietary advice as part of treatment

Eating junk food increases the risk of becoming depressed, a study has found, prompting calls for doctors to routinely give dietary advice to patients as part of their treatment for depression.

In contrast, those who follow a traditional Mediterranean diet are much less likely to develop depression because the fish, fruit, nuts and vegetables that diet involves help protect against Britain’s commonest mental health problem, the research suggests.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 11:01 am

Qatar World Cup workers still exploited, says Amnesty report

Charity says promised government reforms to ‘kafala’ system have not taken place

Migrant workers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup and other big projects in Qatar are still suffering exploitation and severe human rights violations despite promised government reforms, according to a highly critical report by Amnesty International.

The report names an engineering company, Mercury MENA, which it says left almost 80 workers from Nepal, India and the Philippines stranded and unpaid for months in Qatar. Amnesty accuses the company of using the kafala structure – which it describes as Qatar’s notorious sponsorship system that ties employees to a single employer – to exploit scores of migrant workers.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 11:01 am

Manchester City’s Phil Foden completes win over outclassed Oxford

A routine victory for the Carabao Cup holders delivered a memorable storyline for Phil Foden, who scored the first of what will surely be many goals in a Manchester City shirt on a landmark night for the 18-year-old.

His emotional celebration showed just how much the goal meant to him, even if it was scored in front of a car park, and he also set up Riyad Mahrez with an exquisite pass for City’s second as well as having a hand in the opener.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 10:40 am

Trump says Venezuela 'could be toppled very quickly' by military coup

Trump makes comments after administration slaps financial sanctions on four members of Nicolás Maduro’s inner circle on allegations of corruption

Donald Trump has suggested that Venezuela’s leader Nicolás Maduro could be easily toppled by a military coup as the US stepped up financial pressure with fresh sanctions on Maduro’s inner circle.

Related: Venezuela: is a US-backed 'military option' to oust Maduro gaining favour?

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 10:34 am

Corbyn vows to end 'greed-is-good' capitalism in UK

In conference speech Labour leader to lay out plans to change direction of economy

Jeremy Corbyn will on Wednesday attack the “greed-is-good” capitalism that he claims has resulted in large swaths of the UK being left behind, promising a raft of new policies including a “green jobs revolution” that will create 400,000 new positions.

The Labour leader will attempt to reset the theme of the Labour conference which has so far been dominated by deep divisions over its Brexit stance and return to his core argument about the failure of the broken economic system.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 9:30 am

Mauricio Pochettino hopes to be in Spurs’ new stadium before Christmas

• Pochettino has had updates from the chairman Daniel Levy
• Spurs manager looking for win against Watford in Carabao Cup

Mauricio Pochettino says he is “confident” Tottenham will move into their new stadium before Christmas, after he held talks with Daniel Levy.

As he prepares to play a “home” Carabao Cup tie against Watford in Milton Keynes, the Tottenham manager believes the end is finally in sight for the £850m project after the planned opening this month was postponed over safety fears. Pochettino says victory in the third-round match would be a show of gratitude to frustrated Spurs fans who have now gone 500 days without a game in their own ground.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 9:30 am

Manchester United out after Derby’s Scott Carson saves Phil Jones penalty

Related: Derby stun Manchester United in shootout: Carabao Cup clockwatch – live!

On a day when José Mourinho and Paul Pogba’s relationship hit rock bottom came a testing night for the Portuguese as Derby County knocked Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 9:23 am

The Flu That Killed 50 Million review – could the deadly pandemic have been avoided?

Just when the Spanish flu pandemic begins to feel like an almost unimaginably ancient past, recognisable landmarks appear out of the mist of sprayed sputum

It is fascinating how language can buckle under the strain of what it has to bear. “A very depressing time,” Sister Katherine McPhee noted in a letter home in 1918. She was writing from a casualty clearing station just behind the front, as flu-ridden soldiers arrived, blue about the lips and gasping as the virus destroyed their lungs and set about making them some of the first fatalities of a pandemic that would infect a third of the world’s people and kill 50 million of them. By June, Dr James Niven in Manchester noted that the children in his city “are simply dropping at their desks” and advised that schools and Sunday schools be shut to prevent further spread of infection. Officials refused. “It is difficult to understand the perversity of those who withstand this request,” he wrote. One of the nurses on the USS Leviathan, hundreds of whose 9,000 troops fell ill and died as they journeyed the eight days to France, and whose decks were awash with effluvia, wrote: “The odour is terrible in the infirmary.” Perhaps understatement was a way of trying to immunise against the horror.

The stated justification for last night’s documentary The Flu That Killed 50 Million (BBC2), about the Spanish flu pandemic, which began just as the first world war ended and claimed 10 times more victims in a few months than four years of the most vicious fighting yet recorded by man had done, was that the horror could rise again. Pandemic remains at the top of the UK’s risk register – although there have been more than a few crossings out and reinstatements over the past few years, since the US president started dismantling various accords and goading unstable nuclear powers over social media in the early morning hours – and the suggestion was that we could learn from history rather than repeat it.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 9:00 am

Theresa May rules out an autumn general election before Brexit

Election will not be in nation’s interest says prime minister at start of New York visit

Theresa May has ruled out the idea of another general election before Brexit day, saying it “would not be in the national interest”.

Speculation about the idea of an autumn election to break the Brexit deadlock within the government has increased since the prime minister’s Chequers plan got a cool reception from EU leaders in Salzburg.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 8:59 am

Joe Marler to play for Harlequins despite England training camp withdrawal

• Veteran prop dropped out of squad for ‘personal reasons’
• Danny Cipriani still in World Cup script, says Scott Wisemantel

Joe Marler is available for Harlequins’ match with Gloucester on Saturday despite withdrawing from England’s training camp in Bristol for “personal reasons”. The veteran British & Irish Lions prop was due to join Eddie Jones’s 36-man squad on Sunday but pulled out that afternoon and has instead trained with his club.

Although declining to expand on the reason for his absence from England the Quins’ head of rugby, Paul Gustard, revealed that he would be involved in the Premiership trip to Kingsholm this weekend. “Joe made a decision [on missing the England camp]. He’s available for selection for us this weekend,” Gustard said.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 8:59 am

John Bolton warns Iran not to cross the US or allies: 'There will be hell to pay'

National security adviser’s statement was in striking contrast to Trump tweet that the Iranian president was an ‘absolutely lovely man’

The Trump administration has warned Tehran that there would be “hell to pay” if it continued to “cross” the US and its allies.

The threat was delivered by the national security adviser, John Bolton, a longtime Iran hawk who told an audience of anti-Tehran activists: “The murderous regime and its supporters will face significant consequences if they do not change their behaviour”.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 8:56 am

Trump is a laughingstock. But if we weren't laughing, we'd be crying | Michael H Fuchs

At the UN general assembly, world leaders laughed at the US president after he bragged about his own performance. Perhaps they needed comic relief

For the rest of the world, President Donald Trump’s America is a laughingstock, not a leader.

That was the takeaway from Trump’s speech to the 2018 United Nations general assembly. Trump opened his speech the same way he opens his campaign rallies, TV interviews, and probably conversations with every visitor he meets: “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 8:47 am

Irish trainer fined €1,000 over cobalt in his horse Warendorf’s bloodstream

• Pat Kelly said a supplement was administered the night before
• Warendorf showed 38ng per millilitre, the limit is 25ng/ml

Pat Kelly, the publicity-shy trainer with the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite in his yard, was given a €1,000 (£890) fine on Tuesday after one of his horses returned an elevated reading for cobalt. Kelly will also have to pay €3,000 in costs to the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board but, crucially, will be allowed to carry on training after a referrals committee accepted he had not administered the relevant substance or caused it to be administered.

The committee found that the Kelly-trained Warendorf had an unusual amount of cobalt in his bloodstream when he won a point to point at Belclare in north Galway during March. The concentration, which was found again when a B sample was tested, was just over 38ng per millilitre of blood, compared with the international threshold for a cobalt positive of 25ng.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 8:07 am

Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault

A judge sentenced the 81-year-old comedian for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004

Bill Cosby has been sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be jailed for his crimes.

“It is time for justice,” said Judge Steven O’Neill, who handed down the sentence on Tuesday at the Montgomery county courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 7:51 am

Donald Trump's manifesto for nativism at the United Nations

The president’s words were intended for his core supporters who despise the UN and all it represents

Donald Trump is accustomed to addressing diehard supporters at rallies. His press conferences are rare and tightly controlled. So the open derision of his fellow leaders at the UN general assembly clearly came as a surprise.

He insisted he was “OK” with the mirthful reaction to his claims of historic achievements, but he was clearly not OK. Trump is said never to forgive or forget those who laugh at him, so this second outing at the UN podium is unlikely to end well for his administration’s already ambivalent relations with the global body.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 7:37 am

Arlene Foster: Martin McGuinness knew of 'cash for ash' warnings

DUP leader claims deputy first minister at time was aware of concerns about energy scheme

Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist party leader, has claimed Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness knew of warnings about a botched green energy scheme that cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.

A public inquiry into the “cash for ash” scandal heard evidence from Foster on Tuesday that she had told the late deputy first minister about a note from a whistleblower that claimed people were abusing the system for financial gain.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 6:41 am

Demons and armageddon: details emerge in naked kidnapping case

A group of five who kidnapped three people and crashed their car believed they were escaping the end of the world and faced imminent danger

Three people who were arrested naked by Canadian police after kidnapping their neighbours and crashing their car into another vehicle were Jehovah’s Witnesses who believed that they were escaping the end of the world, according to court documents.

In a plea document obtained by the Canadian Press, two women and a man admitted to kidnapping three people in the western province of Alberta last year, which brought a degree of clarity to the bizarre incident last November. One of the women also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 6:30 am

'She has nothing': Trump attacks second woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh

President claims Deborah Ramirez was drunk when alleged incident took place and assails Democrats for playing a ‘con game’

Donald Trump has disparaged one of two women to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, saying she “has nothing” on his supreme court nominee and was “messed up” when the alleged incident took place, as he accused Democrats of running a “con game” to stop the nomination.

Trump, seated next to the Colombian president at the United Nations in New York, cast doubt on allegations brought by Deborah Ramirez, who claimed that she was harassed by Kavanaugh when they were first-year students at Yale.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 6:03 am

The Guardian view on rape prosecutions: step up, don’t step back | Editorial

Low conviction rates should lead to renewed efforts to improve the criminal justice system

The police and Crown Prosecution Service have made real strides in their approach to sexual violence over recent decades, after years of campaigning by feminists. That probably helps to explain why the number of rapes recorded by police in England and Wales has risen sharply in recent years. Yet even now, the majority of victims never report their cases. And the Guardian this week reveals alarming shortcomings in the system.

Last year, after high-profile acquittals and the news that two rape cases collapsed within a week because evidence had not been properly shared with the defence, some argued that the pressing issue was the treatment of defendants. An appropriate concern for the rights of the accused became conflated with a panic about innocent men suffering because women were “crying rape”. This in itself reveals the preconceptions around the offence; there were few headlines about the theft and handling cases dropped due to problems with disclosure.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:46 am

Instagram founders quit amid suspected clash with Zuckerberg

Tension with Facebook may have prompted Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger to leave

The co-founders of Instagram have announced their resignation from the company, amid reports that their departure might be due to an increase in meddling by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the site’s parent company, Facebook.

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger did not say why they were leaving their positions as chief executive officer and chief technical officer, respectively, of the photo-sharing service, just that they were leaving to explore their “curiosity and creativity again”.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:43 am

Trump urges world to reject globalism in UN speech that draws mocking laughter

Donald Trump urged other nations to reject globalism and embrace patriotism at a speech to the United Nations that was interrupted by derisive laughter from other world leaders.

In the course of the bombastic address, Trump highlighted the achievements of his presidency, lashed out at enemies – Iran foremost among them – and railed against multilateralism in its spiritual home, the UN general assembly (UNGA).

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:21 am

Ryder Cup: Woods warns European team that the real Tiger is back

• They have joked ‘we want to go against you’, Woods says
• Tiger set on USA win after only one in his seven appearances

Tiger Woods has warned the game’s new generation to be careful what they wish for, telling them that if they have always wanted to play him when he is on form, then now is the time.

The 42-year-old saw off an illustrious field to win the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday. It was his first victory since 2013 – and his 80th PGA Tour title in total – and completed a stunning return from a fourth back operation. As he now turns his focus to the Ryder Cup, the world No 13 says he is relishing playing against – and with – those who have never experienced him in his prime.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:16 am

'Treated like pariahs': contaminated blood victims tell their stories

Those infected or affected hope inquiry into the scandal will finally reveal the truth

Walton married her husband, Bryan, in 1983. He died a “terrible, horrendous” death 10 years later having passed the HIV virus on to her.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:15 am

RFU ‘perplexed’ at Agustín Pichot’s attempts to reform rugby calendar

• Pichot wants annual 12-team international tournament
• RFU frustrated by ‘ideas we have not been party to’

The Rugby Football Union is “perplexed” at moves from World Rugby’s vice-chairman, Agustín Pichot, to drastically reform the international calendar by introducing a World League from 2020 onwards.

Pichot’s proposal – in which the world’s top 12 teams would compete in an annual tournament switched between hemispheres every November – is set to be discussed as the World Rugby Council meets in Sydney this week.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:07 am

BBC Two to get first full rebrand since early 90s

Channel also working with Black Mirror writer Charlie Brooker to develop new shows

BBC Two is being completely rebranded for the first time in more than 25 years as the channel looks to reinvent itself in the face of threats from streaming services such as Netflix.

The channel’s controller, Patrick Holland, also confirmed BBC Two was working with the Black Mirror creator, Charlie Brooker, to develop new programmes, and revealed Eva Green, Eve Hewson, and Marton Csokas would star in a big-budget adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s Booker prize-winning novel The Luminaries.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:07 am

Pret a Manger had nine allergic reactions in year before girl died, inquest told

Inquest hears that Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, collapsed and died on plane due to sesame in baguette

The sandwich chain Pret a Manger did not list sesame seed as an ingredient on its “artisan” baguettes despite six incidents of allergic reactions in the year before a teenage schoolgirl died, an inquest into her death has heard.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, aged 15, who had numerous allergies, collapsed on a British Airways flight from London to Nice on 17 July 2016 after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette she bought at Heathrow airport’s Terminal 5.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:02 am

Labour backing a second referendum shows democracy is working beautifully | Zoe Williams

Getting there was a messy process. But the party’s new Brexit stance is the product of grassroots decision-making

People always say politics is ugly to watch up close, and they’re talking about the cynicism and manipulation, the treachery, the low cunning beneath the high rhetoric. Democracy in action is ugly in a different way, more like a jumble sale: mess, chaos, mountains of tedium, elbows everywhere. You have to stay alert because you know that underneath the polyester there’s something – not wishing to overextend an analogy, let’s call it a second vote on Brexit – that you would treasure.

The Labour conference in Liverpool this week had that jumble sale feel. In any process that is remotely pluralistic, there are too many people in the room. And so 150 Labour delegates met to discuss their composite Brexit motion, boiling 150 motions from different constituency parties down to one single motion, which was passed this afternoon.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 5:00 am

Tuesday at the Labour party conference

A row over Brexit and a passionate speech by Emily Thornberry were among the highlights of the day

Related: Antisemites on left are like fascists, Thornberry tells Labour conference - Politics live

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 4:48 am

Labour pledges to expand free childcare programme

Enhanced 30-hour scheme will benefit parents of two-, three- and four-year-olds, Corbyn to say

Labour will extend the government’s 30 hours of free childcare programme to the parents of all two-, three- and four-year-olds as the party moves a step closer to providing universal support for all families with young children.

Jeremy Corbyn will announce on Wednesday that the expanded scheme would benefit more than a million children, claiming the existing “patchy” support on offer is holding back too many families and not reaching the least well-off.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 4:45 am

Like group sex, back pain is a dirty little secret. Here’s my story | Phil Wang

Five years on from my injury I have learnt the hard way that a second’s mistake can cling to you for ever

I am 28 years old, which is too young to have a bad back. But life – as the meme mantra goes – comes at you fast.

The inciting injury was picked up five years ago, and its legacy for most of the day is a dull ache behind my stomach that ebbs in and out of my attention, occasionally reminding me of its presence with a deep sting if I am arrogant enough to, say, bend over, or lean nonchalantly on a tall bin. I think of it as my lumbar region clearing its throat to alert me to my hubris.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 4:44 am

Will Poulter: ‘I'm a white, straight, middle-class male. I take things for granted’

The actor’s latest role is in The Little Stranger, a film that twitches with tension about class – which resonates with his own upbringing

No one needs to teach Will Poulter anything about checking his privilege. The career choices of this 25-year-old show an actor drawn to films with a social conscience. In scarcely more than a decade, he has left behind CGI blockbusters (one Narnia and two Maze Runners) and broad comedy (We’re the Millers, in which he snogged Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts, and briefly sported a swollen prosthetic testicle). Instead, he has moved on to more serious, searching projects: the below-the-breadline chamber-piece Glassland, Kathryn Bigelow’s race riots drama Detroit and now The Little Stranger, a ghost story that twitches with class tension.

Related: The Little Stranger review – Ruth Wilson shines in mournful ghost story

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 4:41 am

Who posed for the 'Mona Lisa of vaginas'?

I refuse to accept the news that the Irish model may not be the sensual subject of Courbet’s 1866 painting L’Origine du monde – and my proof lies in a painting of her fully clothed

Poor Joanna Hiffernan. Her vagina may just have been written out of history. While there was no absolute proof – and one blazing bit of contradictory evidence – it was until now generally believed that this Irish model and artist posed for one of the most outrageous nudes of all time, Gustave Courbet’s 1866 painting L’Origine du monde. A new discovery by a French researcher suggests it is not her after all on that bed but a dancer called Constance Queniaux.

Related: Mystery solved? Identity of Courbet's 19th-century nude revealed

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 4:38 am

Making a Murderer to return for a second season in October

The series will focus on the appeals process of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, sentenced to life in prison for murder

Netflix’s hit true-crime documentary series Making a Murderer will return for a second season on 19 October, focusing on the appeals cases of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Massey.

The new season will look at the post-conviction appeals of Avery, who was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the 2005 death of photographer Teresa Halbach. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after confessing to the murder.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 4:36 am

Police demands for potential rape victims' data spark privacy fears

Campaigners say victims could be put off coming forward owing to intrusion into lives

Police are demanding almost unfettered access to highly personal records and data from potential rape victims before pressing ahead with their cases, the Guardian can reveal.

In some areas, complainants are being asked to disclose health, school and college records, counselling notes and all data from their electronic devices, documents obtained under freedom of information requests show.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 4:27 am

The end of cleavage: how sexy clothes lost their allure

Milan fashion week is known for seduction and glamour, but even the home of molto sexy dressing is dialling things down. What’s behind the big cover up?

The talent all great fashion designers have in common is the ability to read a room. You do not get into the history books by making pretty dresses. The best designers at any fashion week are the ones with a fingertip to the breeze, judging which way the wind is blowing. Like standup comics, they divine precisely how far they can push the audience out of their comfort zone to keep their attention without alienating them. And by sticking a pin in a map to illustrate where we are now, their clothes make us sit up and realise how fast the world around is spinning.

For decades, the mantra of Milan fashion week has been that sex sells. Paris does intellectual and chic, London does weird and innovative, New York does polished and commercial, and Milan does sex and glamour. Simple. But the impact of #MeToo, working in an unlikely pincer movement with the rise of the modest pound, as luxury fashion’s Middle Eastern customer base continues to outpace other markets, is pushing sexy dresses on to the wrong side of history. The ciabatta-e-burro of this city’s catwalks has gone stale.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:59 am

No-deal Brexit better than Canada-style deal, says Theresa May

Prime minister says basic trade deal touted by hardline Tories would risk breakup of UK

A no-deal Brexit would be better for the UK than any Canada-style free trade agreement allowed by the EU, Theresa May has argued as she arrived at a United Nations summit determined to regain control of the narrative after some bruising recent days for her own Chequers proposal.

At the start of a two-day trip to New York, the prime minister knocked down the possibility of a more basic free trade deal with the EU touted by more hardline Brexiters in her Conservative party, saying it could prompt the disintegration of the UK.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:57 am

Should we all be drinking whisky in the bath, like Gwyneth Paltrow?

The Goop founder, who previously advocated inserting jade eggs into the vagina to restore energy levels, has revealed she likes a daily dram in the tub

How best to ingratiate yourself with the British public when you are Gwyneth Paltrow and opening a Goop wellness shop in London? Insist you do the normal things in life. Such as unwinding in a bath with an alcoholic drink. Of course, Paltrow isn’t necking Glen’s vodka; her tipple is Japanese whisky and, as she rolls the smooth liquid around her tongue, savouring the delicate taste (less peaty than Scottish counterparts), at least she can think of its health benefits. Whisky may reduce the risk of stroke, cancer and diabetes. (Mind you, so may Glen’s.)

But is Paltrow’s daily dram in the tub something to emulate? Arguably it is no more advisable than her previous suggestion of sticking jade eggs up one’s vagina to restore energy levels.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:55 am

Portugal agrees to take 10 rescue ship migrants amid European divide

Aquarius heads for Malta after France rejects requests to allow it to dock in Marseille

Portugal has offered to take in 10 migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship as Europe once again finds itself divided over what to do with the large number of people crossing the Mediterranean and arriving on its shores.

Lisbon said it had agreed to the 10 people as a “response of solidarity to the flow of migrants seeking to reach Europe across the Mediterranean”. As part of the deal, France will take 18 migrants and Spain and Germany 15 each.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:45 am

How to humiliate a woman: the ugly lesson of Brett Kavanaugh's yearbook

He and his teenage friend shared boasts of being a ‘Renate alumnus’, a claim that, 35 years later, has embarrassed a woman who had offered her wholehearted support to the US supreme court nominee

Alongside the accolades “Keg City club” (“100 kegs or bust”) and “Beach Week Ralph club – biggest contributor” in Brett Kavanaugh’s 1983 yearbook entry, there lurks a more obscure boast: “Renate alumnus”. As accusations of sexual assault mount against Donald Trump’s supreme-court pick, the latest strike against his character has been revealed by the New York Times, in the form of a 35-year-old joke. “Renate alumnus” refers to Renate Dolphin, a female classmate of Kavanaugh’s. She was immortalised in the Georgetown preparatory school yearbook through 14 mentions of “Renate alumnus” by several men – including Kavanaugh – the pernicious insinuation being a shared intimate history with her.

Related: Conservative women uneasy with Kavanaugh in wake of sexual assault claims

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:39 am

Lance Armstrong: David Millar is ‘last person’ who should lead cyclists’ union

• Disgraced seven-time Tour winner comes out fighting
• Peloton should fight for cyclists’ rights, Armstrong adds

David Millar’s candidacy for president of the professional riders’ union, the CPA, may have the support of Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome but his suitability to lead the professional peloton has been questioned by his former teammate, Lance Armstrong.

“Millar is probably the last person that would come to mind for this role,” Armstrong told the Guardian of the CPA presidency election on Thursday. The American’s scepticism follows a whispering campaign against the Scot’s past character and his efforts to oust the long-standing CPA president, Gianni Bugno.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:31 am

Saudi Arabia opens high-speed rail linking Islam's holy cities

Haramain railway connecting Mecca and Medina part of plan to increase visitor numbers

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has inaugurated a high-speed rail link between the two holiest cities in Islam, part of efforts to boost tourism as the country seeks to shed dependence on oil exports.

The 280-mile (450km) Haramain railway connecting Mecca and Medina with the Red Sea city of Jeddah cost £6bn ($7.87bn) and is one of the largest transport projects in the Middle East, targeting nearly 60 million passengers annually. Commercial operations are due to begin next week.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:16 am

'There are no different truths': the last years of Soviet cinema

A new season at the Barbican tells the story of the USSR’s final generation through the lens of its pioneering film-makers

“Young people are our big hope, but they spell trouble for us too.” In 1965, an administrator at the Leningrad film studio, Lenfilm, summed up an enduring dilemma for Soviet official culture. How could the Young Communist League (on paper a “public organisation”, in practice entirely subordinate to the party leadership) mobilise the younger generation without promoting political enthusiasms of the wrong kind? Soviet cinema – a young art form with particular appeal to the country’s youth – was, throughout its existence, a showcase for conflicted views of young people. Its own fate, too, altered as attitudes to them changed.

In the first years after the October revolution, youth activism was strongly encouraged in life and on film. Sergei Eisenstein was just 27 when Battleship Potemkin, with its martyred young leader of a naval mutiny, made him world famous. But views of political participation by children and young people changed abruptly under Stalin. Eisenstein’s Bezhin Meadow, in which a tow-haired boy leads the assault on traditional village life, ran into trouble in August 1936. This came a month after a crackdown on child psychology, which was considered “perverted”, and at the point when patriotic values were returning to the school syllabus.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:03 am

Paris man jailed for three months for slapping woman's bottom

Man in his 30s was also fined for lewd remarks under new anti-catcalling law

A man who slapped a woman’s bottom on a bus near Paris has been jailed for three months and, in a first under a new law against catcalling, also fined for lewd remarks about her physique.

The man, inebriated when he boarded the rush-hour bus, smacked the 21-year-old on the buttocks and made an insulting comment about her breasts, before a squabble with the bus driver, who jammed the doors shut while police were alerted.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:00 am

New wristband warns when you've been been in the sun too long

Paper bracelet printed with light sensitive ink signals UV exposure to wearer with smiley and frowny face symbols

A simple paper sensor featuring smiley and frowny faces drawn in UV-sensitive ink has been produced by researchers in a bid to keep us safe in the sun.

Scientists say the different expressions appear in sequence as UV exposure increases, offering a low-tech way for people to gauge when it is time to cover up.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:00 am

Mobo awards to take a year off to expand scope beyond music

The ceremony, which has traditionally recognised music of black origin, is expected to return in 2019

The organisers of the Mobo awards have announced that the ceremony will take a year off to re-evaluate its future.

Founder Kanya King said that Mobo, traditionally an annual event celebrating the best in black music in the UK and internationally, will return in 2019 with an expanded remit to support emerging musicians, film and television actors, entrepreneurs and other artistic newcomers.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:50 am

'We need everyone involved': activist nuns pressure Smith & Wesson over gun safety

Nuns are pressuring company to produce report on how it is monitoring ‘violent events associated with’ its products and what efforts it is making to ‘produce safer guns’

The school shooter who killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, this February had an AR-15-style gun manufactured by Smith & Wesson. So did the shooter who killed a dozen people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, and the shooters who opened fire on the staff of a county health department in San Bernardino in 2015.

Now, a coalition of American nuns is pressuring Smith & Wesson, which rebranded itself as “American Outdoor Brands”, to produce a report for shareholders outlining how the company is monitoring “violent events associated with” its products, and what efforts it is making to “produce safer guns”.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:42 am

Why Noah Centineo is the internet’s latest crush

His performances have helped breathe new life into romcoms, and fans swoon over his soulful brown eyes. So why can’t he put on a jumper properly?

Name: Noah Centineo.

Age: 22.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:32 am

Beluga whale sighted in Thames estuary off Gravesend

Experts say animal may have been forced 1,000 miles south of its usual habitat by storms

A beluga whale has been sighted off Gravesend in the Thames estuary, more than 1,000 miles from its usual habitat in the Arctic.

The ghostly white whale was videoed and photographed coming up for air on Tuesday lunchtime. Whale experts said the animal appeared lost but seemed to be swimming strongly.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:26 am

#MeToo's hidden activists? Working-class women

Janitors and fast-food workers, not celebrities, are ground zero of the #MeToo movement. Time to shift the focus to them

Last Tuesday, McDonald’s workers in 10 US cities walked off the job to protest against pervasive sexual harassment. A week earlier, female janitors in California marched 100 miles from San Francisco to the state capitol in Sacramento to support anti-harassment legislation. The janitors’ union, SEIU, in partnership with the East LA Women’s Center, has been quietly training women in self-defense and promoting peer-to-peer anti-harassment workshops and an assault crisis hotline. And Monday’s mass walkout of protesters around the nation in support of Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused the supreme court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her when they were high school students, was another stunning step.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:16 am

Versace takeover makes business sense and fashion sense

Michael Kors’ acquisition of the Italian fashion house will modernise the brand and drive sales

That a brand like Versace, with a DNA so entrenched in the exclusive and luxurious Italian aesthetic, has aligned itself with Michael Kors, a label known for its accessibility, has surprised many who were expecting it to announce an imminent IPO. But if 40 years of Versace has taught us anything, it’s not to underestimate the brand or Donatella, the woman who has steered it since her brother Gianni’s death in 1997.

Michael Kors quit studying at New York’s acclaimed Fashion Institute of Technology just nine months after enrolling in 1977 when he was offered the chance to sell his own designs at Manhattan’s Lothar’s boutique, where he had a part-time job.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:08 am

'Shocking' sexual abuse of children by German clergy detailed in report

Minister warns abuse of 3,677 children by about 1,670 clerics may be ‘tip of the iceberg’ for Catholic church

A “shocking” report into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy in Germany is “probably only the tip of the iceberg”, the country’s justice minister has said.

The German Catholic church presented the results of an investigation into decades of sexual abuse of children on Tuesday afternoon. The report details the cases of 3,677 children, the majority of whom are male, who were sexually abused between 1946 and 2014. About 1,670 clerics, mainly priests, are implicated.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:02 am

Roman Abramovich posed threat to public security, Swiss police said

Police reported ‘suspicion of money laundering and presumed contacts with criminal organisations’

Switzerland’s federal police advised that the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich posed a “threat to public security and a reputational risk” to the country if he became a resident, it has emerged.

The Chelsea football club owner on Tuesday lost a seven-month legal battle against a newspaper publisher to prevent the publication of information on the reasons for his failure to secure Swiss residency.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:00 am

Tuesday's best photographs: birdsong and sailor's rescue

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world including Paris fashion and an early morning handshake at the UN

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 2:00 am

The lesson of 60 years of Blue Peter: switch it off | Stuart Jeffries

Why digitise all 5,000 episodes of the children’s TV show? Its greatest legacy is to get us doing stuff away from the screen

Inspiring news! The BBC is to digitise all 5,000 episodes of Blue Peter to celebrate the children’s show’s 60th anniversary next month. What this means is that, finally, I can get closure, if not a Blue Peter badge.

I’ll be able to find that episode in which someone, possibly presenter Lesley Judd, encouraged me to make a brush from a bent wire coat hanger and two balls of wool, one yellow, the other blue. I took one yellow thread in my left hand, a blue one in my right and wound them around the bent coat hanger in maypole fashion. When I finished I was supposed to have made a brush.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 1:38 am

'Callous exercises in brutal pornography' – Martin Eder: Parasites review

Newport Street Gallery, London
Why has Damien Hirst given his gallery over to a German artist whose daubs of pampered pooches and teenage girls reduce painting to a shower of hate?

I have a horrible feeling I am about to become a cog in Damien Hirst’s publicity machine. The artist’s Newport Street Gallery, having now been going for three years, has settled into a quiet role on the noisy London art scene. What it needs is a blazing controversy to remind people it exists. So Hirst may be trying to shock by showcasing the work of German painter Martin Eder. He certainly managed to discomfort me – but not in an artistically interesting way.

In fact, I was so disturbed by this exhibition that I tried to find out more about what I thought I saw. Has Eder been attacked in the German press? No – all I could find were art-world homages to his “provocative” paintings. One of the first, in the lavish exhibition Hirst has given him, is a tribute to the figurative artist Balthus who had a penchant for painting adolescent girls. Nearby is a picture of a woman having sex with a much younger male partner. Uncomfortable? Ja, this is uncomfortable.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 1:37 am

England has more than 200,000 empty homes. How to revive them?

New schemes are taking derelict homes and resurrecting them. Some even create apprenticeships for young people in the process

Ask most people about England’s epidemic of empty homes and they are likely to think of lavish vacant mansions in London owned by absent foreign billionaires.

In fact, the majority of empty properties are in post-industrial areas, where poverty rates are high and house prices languish well below their pre-crash levels. Such a place is Stockton-on-Tees, near Middlesbrough, where Martyn Jones lives.

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 1:02 am

Photobox Instagram photography awards shortlist – in pictures

Shortlisted images in the running to be crowned Photobox Instagram photograph of the year range from furry friends to the Holi festival to the meaning of love. Judges, including the Guardian’s former picture editor Eamonn McCabe, have whittled down 180,000 submissions to unearth a shortlist that celebrates the best of social media

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Posted on 26 September 2018 | 12:24 am

Don’t save Aquafaba for Scrabble - here’s how to use the vegan miracle ingredient

Aquafaba, AKA chickpea water, can be used instead of eggs, and has now made it into the Scrabble dictionary. Here are three recipes to try

It’s the news we have all been waiting for: the shadowy powers behind the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary have decreed that “aquafaba” (22 points!) is now acceptable – in the US at least. Setting aside the question of who bothers to consult the rules before launching into a full-blown fight about whether “OK” is allowed (spoiler: it is now), what on earth is aquafaba?

Well, as any vegan will tell you, aquafaba is just a fancy name for chickpea cooking water – that murky liquid left at the bottom of the tin, or in the pan after boiling up your dried pulses. According to Sébastien Kardinal and Laura VeganPower, authors of the Aquafaba cookbook, it has exactly the same ratio of water to protein and starch (90:10) as egg whites – which means it can be cooked in much the same way. Chickpea meringues may sound unlikely, but trust me, they’re pure magic.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 11:55 pm

Nigel Slater’s clams, pak choi and oyster sauce

Magnificent molluscs with juicy veg and an Oriental twist

Slice 2 plump pak choi in half lengthways. Wash them under cold running water then lay them, cut side up and still wet, in a large shallow baking dish or shallow pan. Blend together 5 tbsp of oyster sauce and 100ml of water.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 11:00 pm

Anarchy at the south pole: Santiago Sierra plants the black flag to destroy all borders

The Spanish provocateur, who once filled a former synagogue with lethal gas, has gone to the ends of the Earth to liberate humankind

‘I travel a lot,” says Santiago Sierra. “But entering a country is like going to jail. Borders disgust me – as an idea and as a personal experience. This work denies all of that.”

It’s a typically forthright remark from the Spanish artist, who once caused uproar by pumping carbon monoxide into a former synagogue in Germany, then inviting visitors to don gas masks to enter this simulated death chamber.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 10:30 pm

Space Shifters review – hall of mirrors that messes with your mind

Hayward Gallery, London
From Anish Kapoor’s distorting door-mirror to Richard Wilson’s spooky pool of oil, this exhibition of illusion-creating sculpture disturbs the senses – and your reflection

Space Shifters, the latest Hayward Gallery exhibition, should ideally be called Head-fuck. Rather than challenging your perceptions, as gallery statements often have it, the show mangles them. And what it does to your own reflection and self-image is nobody’s business. Anish Kapoor’s stainless steel Non Object (Door) is a fairground distorting mirror, extruding and smearing me like a particularly spiteful Francis Bacon painting, then making me enormously bloated, then doubling and trebling me and making me wish, in a roundabout way, I’d dressed better for the occasion.

Mmwaaaeeeuuuuwwghhh, my reflection goes. There I am again in Jeppe Hein’s rotating double mirror that turns upon the wall, and then in the first of a series of mirror and wood pieces by Josiah McElheny, which a number of dancers will wear, like people carrying sandwich boards, as they carefully make their way round the galleries, careful not to trip in these 20 or 30kg objects, which rest upon their shoulders. There I go again, fleeting and glimmering in all these Instagram-opportunity artworks.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 10:29 pm

'A smell of death': Mexico's truck of corpses highlights drug war crisis

The news that authorities used a trailer to store 273 corpses offered a symbol for a crisis that affords no dignity to its victims

The first sign something was amiss came when an 18-wheeler lumbered into the dilapidated neighbourhood of Paseos del Valle on the outskirts of Guadalajara.

The truck itself was unremarkable – a white tractor unit pulling a refrigerated trailer emblazoned with a polar bear logo – but it came with a police escort. And as the massive vehicle pulled on to a muddy track between the last row of houses and a corn field, dogs across the neighbourhood began to bark wildly at the stench it released.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 8:00 pm

Brexit breakdown part 4: two years on, why is Britain so bleak?

In the concluding part of their journey into the heart of 2018's weirdness, John Harris and John Domokos go to a Leave Means Leave rally and ask an obvious question: how did this side win? For the answer, they go to Labour conference, and then to a massive distribution centre at the cutting-edge of the new economy

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 7:41 pm

Drifters and dreamers along the muddy Bristol Channel – in pictures

Love Bites is a solo exhibition by British photographer Tim Richmond, at the Francesca Maffeo Gallery, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex until 20 October

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 6:00 pm

All you need is loves: the truth about polyamory

More and more young people are abandoning monogamy in favour of open relationships. But is it really that easy to turn your back on jealousy? And what about all the admin?

Alex Sanson is nervous. She is hosting a dinner party this Friday, and wants it to go well, because her lovers are coming – all of them. “Cooking for one person you fancy is hard enough, but three of them is even more stressful!” says Sanson, who has brown hair, an open, friendly face and a bookish air..

Sanson is polyamorous, meaning that she has multiple romantic and sexual partners, all of whom are aware of the others’ existence. Currently, the 28-year-old is in a “polycule” with three other people: William, Mike and Laura, all of whom are also dating the other members of the polycule.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 6:00 pm

'The people’s yogi': how Adriene Mishler became a YouTube phenomenon

With 4 million subscribers and hundreds of thousands more watching free weekly videos, Yoga with Adriene is a social media sensation. What makes her fans so devoted?

There are more than 2,400 people in the main hall of Alexandra Palace in north London, breathing in unison. “Take the deepest breath you’ve taken all day,” says the woman at the front, “and let it out through the mouth.” Lungs empty en masse. It feels like we’re in the belly of a beast.

The woman is 33-year-old yogi and actor Adriene Mishler, and this is the largest live yoga class she has ever held – she is more frequently to be found teaching alone in front of her camera at home in Austin, Texas, than IRL. And it is this intimate version of her that 4 million subscribers to her Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel have come to know and share their homes with.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 5:00 pm

'They'll never hang a woman': Louisa Collins thought she'd be spared

The botched execution of the last woman hanged in NSW stuck with author Janet Lee. Her novel imagines those last moments


It was the manner of her death that was so brutal. It was gruesome. When Louisa Collins became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst jail and the last woman hanged in New South Wales, the executioner botched the job. The trap door didn’t open, and then, after being banged with a mallet, it did open, and she fell through with so much force that her head was nearly severed and her windpipe left exposed.

It was an image, says author Janet Lee, “that stuck with me, the image of the woman on the scaffold. Here was this woman who had never been known to confess, who expected a reprieve – was that what she was thinking in those last few moments?”

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 4:49 pm

The stars come out for the Fifa football awards 2018 in London – in pictures

Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Marta, Mbappé, Noel Gallagher and many more put on their best for the awards ceremony in London

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 8:32 am

10 of the key shows from Milan fashion week – in pictures

From Prada’s clashing opposites to a show in a hangar at Milan Linate airport for Emporio Armani – Jo Jones picks her 10 highlights from the spring/summer 2019 shows

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 3:00 am

Unbeaten records, crises and shinners – Football Weekly

Max, Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Philippe Auclair discuss the last 100% record in the 92, crises all over the shop, spectacular misses and shinned pearlers

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, John Brewin and Philippe Auclair to look back at the weekend of football just gone, starting with Liverpool, whose 3-0 win over Southampton sees them maintain their 100% record this season – the only team in the 92 yet to leave any points unclaimed.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 2:26 am

Reporting child abuse or neglect: why it’s vital to trust your gut

Rather than thinking ‘what if I’m wrong?’ ask yourself ‘what if I’m right?’ Here’s some advice on how to spot child neglect and abuse, and what to expect when you call the NSPCC helpline

The stench of cat excrement and rotten food hit telephone engineer Brad Sturrock with such force at the doorstep of a home in Blyth that he nearly turned on his heel. He’d arrived only to fit satellite TV, but when a toddler in soiled nappies waded out of a back room through fly-infested pizza boxes and beer cans, he knew he had to take action.

Sturrock went straight to his van after completing the installation, looked up the number for the NSPCC helpline (0808 800 5000), and reported what he had seen. Having answered a number of practical questions, he was relieved to hear the NSPCC decided immediate action was needed to protect the child. The charity contacted the police, who worked with children’s services to move the toddler to her grandmother’s until it was safe at home for her to return.

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Posted on 25 September 2018 | 1:38 am

The Guardian: a space worth supporting

The Guardian's journalism can change the story. When some of the Windrush generation found themselves branded illegal immigrants, our reporting gave them a voice, urging the government to change its policy. And when our journalism investigated the misuse of social media data, it prompted an inquiry that held those responsible to account. The Guardian is a space for clarity, imagination ... and hope. It is a space worth supporting. Now and for the next time. Become a digital subscriber today.

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Posted on 24 September 2018 | 10:43 pm

Ebb and flow: Britain's tidal coastline – in pictures

Photographers David Levene and Christopher Thomond picked spots around Britain’s coastline at high and low tide

The tide is a long wave. The vertical movement of water pulled by a constellation of air pressure, wind, topography, the sun and the elliptical orbit of the moon is rarely visible to the naked eye. Instead we see the impact of this irrepressible force on our coastline roughly every six hours, when the tide is high and when it is low.

The British coast has some of the mightiest tides in the world – the Bristol Channel has the second biggest rise and fall after Nova Scotia – and two Guardian photographers, David Levene and Christopher Thomond, spent much of the summer exploring how the tide’s ebb and flow reveals different worlds.

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Posted on 24 September 2018 | 6:30 pm

Our tomorrows: teenagers around the world share their fears and dreams – video

Young people talk about how it feels to grow up in 2018, from dealing with racism in New York and fighting for LGBT rights in Jakarta to facing exam pressures in the Kenyan Rift Valley and the importance of giving back to society in Delhi

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Posted on 24 September 2018 | 5:00 pm

Brexit breakdown part 3: can we put Britain back together again?

In the third part of their summer-long quest to get to the heart of the UK's condition, John Harris and John Domokos head to Boston in Lincolnshire. They find Brexit voters who still think no one is listening to them and Polish people feeling ever more unwelcome. But in London, protesters against Donald Trump offer a ray of hope and the prospect of something that might finally heal the country's wounds

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Posted on 22 September 2018 | 12:05 am

Brexit breakdown part 2: 'We've lost control'

As their new series continues, John Harris and John Domokos meet Jeremy Corbyn's army of activists, teachers and parents at a Walsall school hit by funding cuts and protesters at a London march in support of a second Brexit referendum. They seem to live in different worlds but everyone has one thing in common: a sense that Britain has to change, before it's too late

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Posted on 19 September 2018 | 9:13 pm

Bill Gates: 'Trump is open-minded' – video

As the Gates Foundation launches its report on progress in the fight against poverty, the philanthropist talks to Polly Toynbee about the challenges ahead. Gates discusses the US president's approach to foreign aid, sharing his hopes for Trump ‘as a human being who cares about other human beings’


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Posted on 18 September 2018 | 4:00 pm

Brexit breakdown part 1: Why are the Tories winning Walsall?

With Brexit fast approaching, John Harris and John Domokos have spent four months sampling the mood of the country. In episode one of this new series, they spend time in the Midlands town of Walsall, where despite cuts and Tory chaos, Labour isn’t breaking through

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Posted on 17 September 2018 | 8:07 pm

'Actors don't black up, so why do they still crip up?' – video

The actor Adam Pearson has a similar condition to Joseph Merrick, whose story was told in The Elephant Man. When the BBC was remaking the biopic, he did not even get an audition. This is why he calls cripping up the 2018 version of blacking up

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Posted on 11 September 2018 | 12:14 am

The disturbing truth about teaching in America – video

'I've had hungry students who couldn't concentrate; I've filed tax returns for kids' parents. You're the only adult they trust – the only adult that talks to them like they're a person': a perspective of life as a teacher in two different US states

Share your story: what's your experience of teaching in America?

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Posted on 7 September 2018 | 10:00 pm

Bake Off’s Liam Charles: Why I love my nan’s famous goat curry

Childhood trips to the market with his nan taught Liam Charles more than he ever realised – and not least the benefits of a heavily seasoned slow, slow marinate

From what I can remember, I was 10 when I first experienced this dish of my nan’s (and yes, I talk about my nan, Cynthia, a lot!). I always spent every school holiday in the early years of my life at hers. With my overprotective mum at work, it became my home away from home.

It was almost like a ritual: I’d get to Nan’s around 9am, have a snack, binge-watch Tracy Beaker back to back for a couple hours, then we’d make our way to Ridley Road market in Hackney, London. From the top to the bottom of the market, the number of times Nan and my four-foot self would do the whole length was just insane. Little did I know though, that I was being taught loads along the way.

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Posted on 31 August 2018 | 4:20 am

Break out of your routine: eight easy ways to boost your social life

Step away from the smartphone. From unleashing your creative streak to dining out with strangers, now’s the time to get out of your comfort zone and try something new

Your phone vibrates: that Instagram picture you posted has pulled in another 50 likes. It always feels pleasing to get validation online, but when was the last time you had an actual conversation with any of your social media followers, IRL?

While we’re arguably more connected than ever thanks to the internet, it’s easy to forget that online approval just isn’t the same as an unexpected catch-up with an old friend, a raucous birthday dinner or a super-fun house party at a neighbour’s place. After all, the memory of a legendary night out will always last much longer than a digital thumbs-up.

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Posted on 24 August 2018 | 11:29 pm

Spike Lee talks to Gary Younge about BlacKkKlansman​ and racism under Trump​ – video

Spike Lee’s latest film is about a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Based on a true story, BlacKkKlansman draws clear parallels with racial tensions in modern America. With Donald Trump in the White House, the rise of white supremacy, and a spike in racist attacks, what does a film about a black man going undercover with white terrorists tell us about the state of contemporary America and beyond?

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Posted on 23 August 2018 | 8:35 pm

What happened when a village cricket team got the test match treatment?

When England cricketing legends Jenny Gunn and Charlotte Edwards showed up at Sileby Town Cricket Club, they brought VAR, a film crew and ball-by-ball commentary with them – and the local players loved it

Sileby Town Cricket Club had never known a day quite like it. Members of the village club, which is tucked quietly off a lane near Loughborough, had a day to remember when England and Wales Cricket Board sponsor NatWest and ESPNcricinfo brought the full international match-day treatment to a tie between Sileby Ladies and their Women’s Midlands League rivals Charlbury Women.

On a baking Sunday in July, the Sileby players emerged from the clubhouse in their spotless whites. Locals relaxed around the perimeter, applauding, grazing and occasionally dozing under a cloudless sky. Butterflies danced as the sound of leather on willow drifted through the air. Jugs of orange squash were popular.

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Posted on 14 August 2018 | 2:00 am